1. What is the best way to contact the North American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?
  2. When does the NABJJF post the schedule/brackets/results/dates for tournaments?
  3. Is there a fee for spectators at tournaments?
  4. Where do I get my tournament T-Shirt?
  5. Can I get a refund on my tournament registration fee (Registration Insurance)?
  6. My child is the only one in his division on the competitor list. Will she/he have a match?
  7. How does the NABJJF match kids in your tournament brackets? Why is my child in a different division?
  8. Where do I check in the day of the tournament?
  9. How can I become a volunteer for your tournaments?
  10. How can I become a referee for the NABJJF?
  11. I am signed up for a tournament, but my team name is not correct. Can you fix this?
  12. Can I change my weight division?
  13. Will my child be disqualified if they are overweight?
  14. Will I or my child be disqualified if they are under the minimum weight?

Q: What is the best way to contact the North American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?

A: If you need to contact us regarding a NABJJF tournament, the fastest  and most efficient way is to send a detailed email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can also reach us on our phone line at 310-421-4971, however, due to call volume we cannot answer tournament inquiries over the phone on the week of a tournament. If you need to contact us on the week of the tournament, email us and we will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours. If you are making updates to your registration the only option is via email, send your changes to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Q: When does the NABJJF post the schedule/brackets/results/dates for tournaments?

A: We keep this information updated on our tournament page at http://www.nabjjf.com/index.php/tournament/calendar. We post the tournament schedule and the brackets the week of the tournament. The competitor list is usually posted after the first registration deadline. Kids brackets are not posted since they are subject to change. We post tournament results the week after the tournament. As soon as they are posted, we notify competitors that they are up via email.

Q: Is there a fee for spectators at tournaments?

A: Yes, there is a $10 fee for spectator entry. However, SJJIF/NABJJF members get in to all tournaments for free with their current membership ID cards and may bypass the line for people paying to enter the tournament. Spectator fee may change depending on the facility the tournament is being held.

Q: Where do I get my tournament T-Shirt?

A: Shirts will be available at the NABJJF tournament booth usually next to one of our sponsor booths on tournament day. You will need your ID to pick up a shirt. Your t-shirt must be picked up at the tournament.  We will not ship any shirts out to competitors that forgot to get their shirts at the tournament.

Q: Can I get a refund on my tournament registration fee?

A: Unfortunately, as it states on our tournament registration page and on your registration confirmation email, we do not provide refunds for tournament registration. We invest the money from registration fees to provide a well-organized tournament with qualified referees, custom medals & trophies, and quality facilities. Credits are only given to competitors that have purchased the Registration Insurance at the time of registration.  If you purchased that option, you will receive a credit for a future tournament in the case you are unable to attend. To receive your credit you must submit written notice of your absence to the NABJJF by midnight the Thursday before the tournament. Credit can be used for a future tournament registration of equal or lesser value. Registration Insurance cannot be purchased when using a credit.

Q: My child is the only one in their division on the competitor list. Will she/he have a match?

A: When all registrations are in, we examine the age and weight of all registered kids and create brackets where all kids are matched closely in age and weight. Please weigh your child before registering and sign them up for the correct age, weight and skill division. Even if they are the only one in their division on the competitor list we may still find them an appropriate match. We will contact you in the rare event that we cannot find them a fair match. If you are a competitor juvenile and older, you are responsible to move or make changes by the check date if you are by yourself.

Q: How does the NABJJF match kids in your tournament brackets? Why is my child in a different division?

A: Kids are one of our top priorities for every tournament. We spend hours reviewing each child’s registration and their place in the brackets to ensure they get very fair matches and as many fair matches as possible. We match children based on age, weight, gender, and belt division. The bracket coordinator reserves the right to make any changes to the brackets where deemed necessary. Rest assured that we do everything we can to give your child a positive competitive experience.

Q: Where do I check in the day of the tournament?

A: Competitors will need to check in at the front desk to be given their stamp to enter the tournament. The NABJJF posts the schedule for tournaments in advance. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to when your division is scheduled to begin. We will call your weight division to the weigh in area and you will be checked in as you are weighed for your division. No check-in is required prior to your weigh-in.

Q: How can I become a volunteer for your tournaments?

A: Volunteers receive a discount on tournament registration fees. We hold volunteer seminars before every tournament. To attend a seminar and become a volunteer, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: How can I become a referee for the NABJJF?

A: Refereeing for the NABJJF is a paid position based off experience. We hold rules seminars for referees before every tournament. We are always looking for brown and black belts with referee experience to attend our seminars and become certified. So please email your name, rank, instructor, and relevant experience to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to referee for us.

Q: I am signed up for a tournament, but my team name is not correct. Can you fix this?

A: We make sure all people from the same team have identical team names in our system by tournament time. We homogenize the team names internally in our system. Even if your team name is off, we can normally figure out what it’s supposed to be by who you’ve listed as your instructor. If your team name is blank or entirely incorrect, the best way to have it fixed is sending a detailed email by the final check date to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: Can I change my weight division?

A: You may change your weight division at any point up to the check date listed in the registration. This is typically set 7 days out from the tournament. After the said check date and once brackets are posted, no changes can be made to weight or any other category. Absolutely no changes will be made on the day of the tournament. All changes must be requested in writing and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: Will my child be disqualified if they are overweight?

A: We will not disqualify any kids for not making weight. Instead, we will move them up in weight category. However, if the weight category above them is already weighed in, they may be moved up two or three weight categories or up in age category. Make sure your child is signed up for a division where they can make weight rather than risk being moved.

Q: Will I or my child be disqualified if they are under the minimum weight?

A: Weighing in and making weight is only about weighing under a maximum specified amount. While our weight classes may specify a range, it is only necessary to weigh less than the maximum weight to compete in a given weight class.